jesus consumer reframing the debate between faith and consumption

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Jesus Consumer

Author : Michael L. Klassen
ISBN : 9780761856344
Genre : Religion
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Some scholars believe that Jesus’ punitive instructions about possessions and material goods amount to little more than antiquated sayings. By contrast, Jesus Consumer combines modern consumer research with the latest writings on historical Jesus to propose a model for contemporary consumer behavior that pays serious regard to Jesus’ “consumption teachings.” The author argues that Jesus’ consumer teachings possess the greatest potential to help us effect positive change in our personal lives and social relationships. We need to interpret and enact his teachings symbolically, not follow them literally.

Bible Gender Sexuality

Author : James V. Brownson
ISBN : 9780802868633
Genre : Religion
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In Bible, Gender, Sexuality James Brownson argues that Christians should reconsider whether or not the biblical strictures against same-sex relations as defined in the ancient world should apply to contemporary, committed same-sex relationships. Presenting two sides in the debate -- "traditionalist" and "revisionist" -- Brownson carefully analyzes each of the seven main texts that appear to address intimate same-sex relations. In the process, he explores key concepts that inform our understanding of the biblical texts, including patriarchy, complementarity, purity and impurity, honor and shame. Central to his argument is the need to uncover the moral logic behind the biblical text. Written in order to serve and inform the ongoing debate in many denominations over the questions of homosexuality, Brownson's in-depth study will prove a useful resource for Christians who want to form a considered opinion on this important issue.

Does Jesus Really Love Me

Author : Jeff Chu
ISBN : 9780062359308
Genre : Social Science
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In this timely work—part memoir, part investigative analysis—a prize-winning writer explores the explosive and confusing intersection of faith, politics, and sexuality in Christian America. When Jeff Chu came out to his parents as a gay man, his devout Christian mother cried. And cried. Every time she looked at him. For months. As a journalist and a believer, Chu knew that he had to get to the heart of a question that had been haunting him for years: Does Jesus really love me? The quest to find an answer propels Chu on a remarkable cross-country journey to discover the God “forbidden to him” because of his sexuality. Surveying the breadth of the political and theological spectrum, from the most conservative viewpoints to the most liberal, he tries to distill what the diverse followers of Christ believe about homosexuality and to understand how these people who purportedly follow the same God and the same Scriptures have come to hold such a wide range of opinions. Why does Pastor A believe that God hates me, especially because of my gayness? Why does Person B believe that God loves me, gayness and all? From Brooklyn to Nashville to California, from Westboro Baptist Church and their god hates fags protest signs to the pioneering Episcopal bishop Mary Glasspool, who proclaims a message of liberation and divine love, Chu captures spiritual snapshots of Christian America at a remarkable moment, when tensions between both sides in the culture wars have rarely been higher. Both funny and heartbreaking, perplexing and wise, Does Jesus Really Love Me? is an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual pilgrimage that reveals a portrait of a faith and a nation at odds.

Torn

Author : Justin Lee
ISBN : 1455580341
Genre : RELIGION
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"A loving and biblically-based response to the controversy that pits the church against the LGBT community and that divides Christians from each other"--Provided by the publisher.

Kingdom Ethics 2nd Ed

Author : David P. Gushee
ISBN : 9780802874214
Genre : Christian ethics
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For more than a decade, students, pastors, and others have looked to Kingdom Ethics as a challenging, comprehensive framework for Christian ethical thought. Solidly rooted in Scripture -- especially Jesus's teachings in the Sermon on the Mount -- the book nurtures a life of practical discipleship in light of the present and coming kingdom of God. This substantially revised edition of Kingdom Ethics features enhanced and updated treatments of all major contemporary ethical issues. David Gushee's revisions include updated data and examples, a more global perspective and more gender-inclusive language, a clearer focus on methodology, discussion questions for every chapter, and a substantial, detailed new glossary.

God Vs Gay

Author : Jay Michaelson
ISBN : 9780807001608
Genre : Religion
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Does the Bible prohibit homosexuality? No, says Bible scholar and activist Jay Michaelson. But not only that: Michaelson also shows that the vast majority of our shared religious traditions support the full equality and dignity of LGBT people. In this accessible, passionate, and provocative book, Michaelson argues for equality, not despite religion but because of it. From the Hardcover edition.

Rescuing The Gospel From The Cowboys

Author : Richard Twiss
ISBN : 9780830844234
Genre : History
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"The gospel of Jesus has not always been good news for Native Americans. But despite the far-reaching effects of colonialism, some Natives have forged culturally authentic ways to follow Jesus. In his final work, Richard Twiss surveys the complicated history of Christian missions among Indigenous peoples and voices a hopeful vision of contextual Native Christian faith"--Provided by publisher.

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